By HOWARD BALABAN email@example.com
Medina Journal-Register — One local Medina business is now part of a growing national group that aims to help women in need.
Ashlee’s Place has officially become a drop-off location for Breast Oasis. The organization is a non-profit group that promotes bra recycling and overall breast health. The purpose of the organization is to collect, clean, and distribute new and gently used bras to women in need in shelters across the country, according to a statement from the organization.
Breast Oasis has also developed a breast health initiative meant to educate women about the importance of self-exams and outlets for breast health in their area, the statement added.
Ashlee’s Place owner Angela Waldriff said she talked up Breast Oasis during her breast cancer promotional week in May.
“I put it in the ads that whatever bras women didn’t want or didn’t fit they should bring in so we could donate,” Waldriff recalled. “When I contacted Breast Oasis to let them know I was ready to ship them, they said they didn’t have a place nearby listed as a drop-off point.”
Waldriff found out from talking with the organization that the nearest drop-off point at that time was in New York City. She then offered to become an official location, and the group added the store.
“There really is no place close,” Waldriff said. “There isn’t a spot in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, no where close.”
Breast Oasis began in 2009, and Waldriff said it is still fairly new which is probably why she was among its first full-fledge participants.
“Not too many people know about it. In fact, I don’t even remember how I found out about it, but I was sure to follow up with it,” she said.
Since it started, Breast Oasis has collected over 135,000 bras and has provided donations to battered women’s shelters, teen shelters and rape crisis centers nationwide, according to a statement from the organization.
Waldriff said it was an honor to be a part of such an up-and-coming, helpful program. Nationwide, there are less than 30 drop-off locations listed, and once Ashlee’s Place appears to be the first non-medical donation location added to the list of drop-off sites, according the organization’s website.
“It’s great to be a part of a national program like this, and its pretty good to be among its first participants,” she said.
For more information, go to www.breastoasis.org or call Ashlee’s Place in Medina at 798-2447.